McIntyre Named MCDC Executive Director

Guy Gregory
MCDC Communications Specialist

The Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC) Board of Directors has named Tracy McIntyre as the organization’s next executive director.  She succeeds Janice Brown, who retired in September.   MCDC is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization whose mission is to promote and develop cooperatives to meet the economic and community needs of rural Montana.

A native of Eureka, Montana, McIntyre served 12 years as the Lead Economic Developer for North Lincoln County. During her tenure, she averaged over $1 million in investment into the community annually, counseled over 35 businesses every year, led the creation and development of a Business Incubator and provided leadership for the Tobacco Valley Industrial District.  McIntyre also worked on other projects, including major infrastructure, trails, amenities, business attraction, economic development, and workforce training that have all positively impacted the community of Eureka.  

In 2016, McIntyre started her own consulting company, Rural Economic Designs, LLC, to bring her knowledge of community leadership and collaboration, project development and administration, and strategic planning to other rural communities and businesses. During this time, McIntyre brought in over $3.5 million to her rural community clients. 

McIntyre has also been an active board member of the Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) for 10 years and completed two terms as President; the second woman ever to hold that position.  She remains actively engaged in a number of regional and statewide efforts, including serving on the Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force, and serving as a member of the Montana Ambassadors. 

McIntyre engaged with MCDC during her career both as a private entrepreneur and director of her area’s economic development.  “As a former CDS with MCDC, I have a working knowledge of how cooperatives in the State of Montana are formed as well as connections to many current cooperatives already in operation,” McIntyre explained.  “I believe in the power of cooperatives and think, that though it isn’t always a solution, the cooperative business model is key to addressing issues like workforce, housing, and childcare that are impacting every community across the state.”

“I am thrilled to be the new Executive Director of MCDC.  I think there is great opportunity to build upon the current success of MCDC and grow the organization to have a larger footprint on the economic and community development activities in Montana,” said McIntyre. 

“Tracy stood out among the large pool of applicants for her experience with cooperatives and obtaining grants, among other traits,” said MCDC President Ryan Hall. “I think I can speak for the board when I say we are confident we found the right person to lead MCDC into its next chapter, and are anxious to work with her.”

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